These carved names are remarkable. I wonder how many other pre-war buildings have carvings in Brooklyn? If you peruse her blog — Ephemeral New York has found plenty of these lovelies all around Manhattan.
Look up at this busy Park Slope corner, and you’ll see two street names engraved on decorative blocks: 5th Avenue (the numeral, lovely!) and Garfield Place.
The lettering is in remarkably good condition, considering that it could be 134 years old.
In 1883, two years after the assassination of President Garfield, Garfield Place became the new name of what used to be Macomb Street. (Though the Macomb name lives on engraved into another corner.)
Third Avenue and Dean Street both still exist, of course. But it’s unusual to see street names carved into marble, which decorates the facade of a New York Times‘ 20th century printing plant on this Boerum Hill corner.
The former printing plant now houses a school, which features these wonderful original Art Deco bas reliefs.